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Bad Boys 5

Bad Boys 5
Signed Print

Keith Haring

Screenprint, 1986
Signed Print Edition of 30
H 50cm x W 66cm

Critical Review

Haring’s Bad Boys series is one of the few works that stipulates the gender of the figures in each print. This is an explicit celebration of Haring’s own sexuality, and the artist’s energetic, frenzy of bold lines used to depict the figure in Bad Boys 5 is a testament to this. Moreover, this print is distinguishable in that Haring depicts the figure with a face, unusual when considered alongside his early figurative work.

The sexually explicit subject matter of Haring’s Bad Boys series is indicative of a turning point in the artist’s career, when the HIV/AIDS epidemic hit the LGBT+ community in 1980s New York. As an openly gay artist and activist in the LGBT rights movement, Haring used his work to fight against homophobia and advocate for safe sex, awareness and research around HIV and AIDS.